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U.S. Open Will Change Its Seeding Protocol To Take Pregnancy Into Account U.S. Open Will Change Its Seeding Protocol To Take Pregnancy Into Account

The New York Times reports that the U.S. Open has decided to change the way it seeds its players to take into account a player’s return to the game following a pregnancy.

Nick Kyrgios Has Made Grass His Playground

Caring about Nick Kyrgios is a generally unpredictable and unhappy ride with occasional moments of vindication. So do not let the following get your expectations up, but ... it’s been a little while since he’s looked this good on the grass coming into Wimbledon.

Nick Kyrgios Goes Through The Legs, Up And Over Nick Kyrgios Goes Through The Legs, Up And Over

Overuse the tweener and it loses its luster. Theoretically, anyway: this is not a problem any normal professional player has ever struggled with to date. But no professional tennis player has opted for the shot as often as Nick Kyrgios, who persistently and gratuitously shoehorns it into points and then promptly…

Birdsong Is The Best Color Commentary Birdsong Is The Best Color Commentary

Tennis itself produces good sounds, but it is not always surrounded by good sounds. That’s because tennis happens all over the world, and not always in some majestic tucked-away corner of it. In Paris and Rome, to take just two recent examples, the on-court action is occasionally soundtracked by the faraway wail of…

Make Tennis Trick Shots Worth Two Points 

Discipline and rhythm and mental gruel are just a few of the things that make tennis such a compelling sport. Two players blasting crosscourt forehands at each other until one of them finally blinks and throws in a down the line shot or a drop shot that could set one of them up with a winner—it makes you grit your…

Roger Federer Has Returned To Grass, And His Backhand Winners Are Vintage Roger Federer Has Returned To Grass, And His Backhand Winners Are Vintage

After hibernating through the clay season, with good reason, Roger Federer has woken up again. Today at the Stuttgart Open, he played his first match since March. Millions of fans and also his wife were pleased by this development.

These Two Points Adequately Represent Rafael Nadal's Ridiculous Clay Season These Two Points Adequately Represent Rafael Nadal's Ridiculous Clay Season

Rafael Nadal won the French Open on Sunday, and there’s little new to say that wasn’t already said after last year’s title. After the preposterousness of 10, 11 doesn’t feel so different. But even into the double-digits, it’s worth remembering that the points are fucking absurd.

Simona Halep Won The French Open By Remembering How She Lost It Simona Halep Won The French Open By Remembering How She Lost It

Simona Halep, by age 26—something like the physical prime in modern tennis—had it all, almost. There was still a void at the center of everything. It wasn’t money: She’s made over $26 million in her career and played this French Open in full swoosh gear, hinting at a recent off-court windfall. It wasn’t ranking: She’s…

Dominic Thiem Owned By Rafael Nadal In French Open Final, Owned Again During Trophy Presentation  Dominic Thiem Owned By Rafael Nadal In French Open Final, Owned Again During Trophy Presentation 

If you missed the men’s French Open final yesterday, you missed three quick sets of Rafael Nadal being Rafael Nadal and winning his 11th French Open trophy. But you also missed the trophy presenter, former Grand Slam winner Ken Rosewall, providing some unusually honest, slightly unfair analysis of Nadal’s opponent…

Rafael Nadal's French Open Is A Confrontation With His Only Real Threat Rafael Nadal's French Open Is A Confrontation With His Only Real Threat

Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal will play each other in the French Open final on Sunday. Only one outcome has ever resulted from a French Open final involving Rafa. For a reality check, pinch yourself and say aloud, “Rafael Nadal has won 10 French Opens.” There is only the slimmest chance that Thiem will topple that…

Simona Halep Claims First Slam Title, One Year After Roland Garros Collapse

A year after she blew a one-set lead in the French Open final to allow unseeded Jeļena Ostapenko to claim victory on the clay, Simona Halep bounced back from losing the first set to defeat Sloane Stephens and seize the first Grand Slam title of her career, 3–6, 6–4, 6-1.

Report: Police Officer Who Tackled James Blake Didn't Even Receive The Full Recommended Punishment Report: Police Officer Who Tackled James Blake Didn't Even Receive The Full Recommended Punishment

In September 2015 an NYPD officer tackled and handcuffed James Blake outside a Manhattan hotel, mistaking the former American tennis player for a suspect in a credit card scam; a month later, an independent panel ruled that police used excessive force in the arrest. That panel, the Civilian Complaint Review Board,…

The Undersized Diego Schwartzman Took A Set Off Rafael Nadal, And Then It Rained The Undersized Diego Schwartzman Took A Set Off Rafael Nadal, And Then It Rained

Tennis, particularly the men’s side, has fallen into a certain rhythm, and if you’re a certain kind of old-school clay-court fogey, this rhythm might be boring. Boom, boom, boom, boom. The serve is the most powerful offensive tool in the game. It is the only shot in the game completely within a player’s control: Throw…

Novak Djokovic Went Out Swinging Against A Relentless No-Name Novak Djokovic Went Out Swinging Against A Relentless No-Name

Marco Cecchinato is 25 years old. Until this week, he had never won a match at a major—first-round losses in all four tries. Until last month, his biggest splash on tour might have been a 2016 suspension for match-fixing, later overturned on appeal. At No. 72 in the world, he has become the lowest-ranked man to make…

The Serena Williams/Maria Sharapova Beef Will Have More Time To Marinate  The Serena Williams/Maria Sharapova Beef Will Have More Time To Marinate 

Serena Williams withdrew from her fourth-round French Open match today against Maria Sharapova with a right pectoral injury that she said prevents her from serving. The decision was announced just before the match between the two rivals was slated to begin.

Serena Williams Forgets How Many Grand Slam Doubles Titles She And Venus Have Serena Williams Forgets How Many Grand Slam Doubles Titles She And Venus Have

After winning their second-round French Open doubles match in straight sets today, Venus and Serena Williams, who laugh and joke during most of their matches together, were asked what it’s like to play on the same side of the net. For someone talking about her and her sister’s sheer domination in the sport, Serena…

This Is What It Looks Like When Serena Williams Takes Over This Is What It Looks Like When Serena Williams Takes Over

Momentum shifts in tennis are common, often slight, and always tenuous. Good tennis players capitalize on these tiny shifts—an unlucky bounce, an untimely double fault, a net cord. Great players, though, force the change themselves. That’s what Serena Williams did in her second-round French Open match against…

Jared Donaldson's Legs Cramped Up, So He Had To Serve Underhand 

American Jared Donaldson had an incredible performance in today’s second-round French Open match against the fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, pushing the Bulgarian to the brink in the fifth set, before fatigue was the ultimate decider. Donaldson resorted to trickery to get around his cramping, but it only went so far.

Tennis Channel Has Taken The French Open Hostage Tennis Channel Has Taken The French Open Hostage

The fan experience of tennis has become exponentially richer with the advent of streaming. When a draw has 128 entrants, like the singles events at all four Grand Slams, its early days are stuffed with matches, and no single live broadcast can depict all the action worth watching. It’s an obsolete model, a total…

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